Please use restroom facilities before visiting the park.
Got this report from Parrot Alert and thought we’d pass it along in case a birder sees this missing bird.
An African Gray Parrot named Alex was reported missing in Secaucus on Monday, Feb. 17. There’s a $100 reward for finding it. Contact: Debbie Perez – 201-844-5182.
Because of difficult conditions, Tuesday’s Third-Tuesday-of-the-month walk at DeKorte Park is cancelled.
The Meadowlands Commission is honoring Black History Month with a weekly post on this blog. Today the topic is Gethsemane Cemetery in Little Ferry. This series of four posts originally ran in 2009. That’s great thing about history — it never gets old.
Gethsemane Cemetery is located on an acre on a sandy hill just off Route 46 and Liberty Street. The photo above is a view of the cemetery’s entrance on Summit Place.
The site was entered onto the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 “because of the significant role it played in the enactment of New Jersey’s early civil rights legislation, as well as containing evidence of West African burial customs,” according to the Bergen County Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.
The county has been doing a major restoration of the cemetery, and it is currently closed to the public. Self-guided tours will be available when the work is completed.
“They include Elizabeth Sutliff Dulfer who was born a slave in the late 1700s, freed in 1822, and died in 1880. She was one of the area’s wealthiest businesswomen and landholders. [Dulfer owned clay beds that supplied clay to potteries from Philadelphia to Boston. Her clay company along the Hackensack River was said to be the second-largest in the nation.]
“Two Civil War veterans, Peter Billings and Silas M. Carpenter, were also buried here.”
More on the cemetery here.
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